Rider weight: 210 lbs
Bike add-ons (big tank? always carry 70 lbs of gear?); nothing, keeping it light
Riding type (gnarly rocky single track? 100% on road? two track? etc) Lots of on-road lately both city and canyon stuff. Some hardpack and or gravel/desert. Gotta admit, will most likely take a few years before I ride where I really want to be -desert-. I guess that's just priorities. AT least my wife wants a DR as well.
Riding background and ability (newbie? street rider transplant? ex supercross pro?): been riding for 25+ years or so, Former street sportsbike lunatic switched to allroad rider. Did some amateur rally and desert rally style rides in the past. Preferred riding? Rally roadbook navigation. Never been really good at it, I just like it.
Spring rate: 0.47 Eibach
Preload: 10mm or so
Oil weight: 5W
sag: around 80mm's
Damping (stock? emulators? intimators?): Ricor Intiminators, just because I like their theory and I happened to run into a pair of second hand ones.
What did you try to get where you are at? (on previous DR's) fork springs, and fork transplant for 80's RM forks.
What would you do differently next time? Dunno, it's evolution I guess. Maybe .50 springs one day? I still have to get used to having very little rebound damping. Which only shows when you let go off the front brake suddenly btw. Otherwise, I like my forks.
Note: when I just had my bike -new- it had a lot of stiction, which became more noticeable when I switched to thinner oil and Intiminators. This really screwed up my ride. Over a period of two weeks this vanished by dripping fork oil between the fork legs and the dust seals a few times.
Spring rate: unspecified. This shock was built for my weight.
Oil weight; unspecified
Damping (stock? emulators? intimators? shaft swap? etc) Inertia Active Valve by Ricor
Sag: slightly over 70mm's
What did you try to get where you are at? Had the stock one rebuilt once on a previous DR. It felt stupid to rebuild a brand new shock this time. Rather buy an aftermarket shock instead.
What would you do differently next time? Dunno, this shock initially felt kinda harsh to me, but at the same time it feels very planted and good. Maybe my calibration was fooked up by the stock wallowy rear shock. Maybe this new shock needed to break its seals in?
Now after a few weeks I love it. I haven't had the chance to really put this shock to the gravel test. Did some unpaved parts of Mulholland Drive in the Santa Monica mountains yesterday, but never got into any speed (it's closed off for bikes actually, so I had to keep an "help me, I am lost" face). heck, I didn't even air down. Harshness at low speed could just as well mean perfect suspension at higher speeds. On the road, canyon carving I bloody love this shock. Eats up everything you throw at it. Dips, ruts, potholes without upsetting the bike at all.
Maybe I run into a complete front end from a Husky 630 one day?